Foster care home closes after operator dies
Residents of an adult foster home were abruptly relocated after the home operator died suddenly.
Columbia River Fire and Rescue responded to reports of an unconscious person at the Columbia City home on the morning of Saturday, Feb 1. The individual was deceased upon arrival.
"Unfortunately this incident changed the course of how our Paramedic/Firefighters proceeded with the event," CRFR wrote online.
"Crews did a door to door search to determine how many residents were in the home. Those being cared for in the home had not yet been provided breakfast or had other needs met per their normal routine," the post stated.
Firefighter Jeff Lockhart "jumped right in and began to cook breakfast." Other responders "tended to the residents daily needs; transferring them from beds, getting them dressed, assisting with various medical needs, doing dishes and locating another caregiver to care for the residents," the CRFR post explained.
The home had five foster residents who were older adults or adults with disabilities.
A spokesperson for the state Department of Human Services said the department could not comment on the cause of death but there was no related concern about residents' health.
"Staff with the Department of Human Services' Office of Aging and People with Disabilities worked quickly to assist residents and arrange for them to find new homes to meet their needs," Elisa Williams, a spokesperson for the department's Aging and People with Disabilities program, stated in an email.
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